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 2. A defender services program inside the judiciary with no shared services
For the purposes of this budget and cost estimation, such an agency would remain within
the judicial branch, housed within the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The Committee seeks to find out the costs of the administrative support and services that such an agency would need to function, including such costs as salaries and overhead for budget and appropriations, training, the maintenance of defender information technology, the providing for resource offices and litigation support initiatives, and oversight of a voucher payment system, to name a few of the more specialized functions of such an agency. This estimation of costs should assume the situation where the Administrative Office would provide NO services to this independent defense agency.
3. A defender services program outside the Administrative Offices
For the purposes of this budget and cost estimation, such an agency would be totally
outside of the judicial branch, probably not even housed within the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The Committee seeks to find out the costs of the administrative support and services that such an agency would need to function, including such costs as salaries and overhead for budget and appropriations, training, the maintenance of defender information technology, the providing for resource offices and litigation support initiatives, and oversight of a voucher payment system, to name a few of the more specialized functions of such an agency. This estimation of costs should assume the situation where the Administrative Office would provide NO services to this independent defense agency.
Finally, one further request, the Committee is interested in obtaining a list of areas where other branches of the AO supply services on which DSO relies. Perhaps this will be covered in your cost estimate. However, if not, if you could supply this information separately, it would be very helpful.
If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The Committee thanks you in advance for your assistance.
  -2- Sincerely,
Kathleen Cardone, Chair
 No recommendation presented herein represents the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States unless approved by the Conference itself.
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